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Can Okra Help Control Your Hunger and Diabetes?

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  • Also called “ladyfingers,” okra is closely related to cotton and hibiscus and is a favorite vegetable in the American South and areas of Africa and the Mediterranean, with numerous ways to cook it to get valuable health benefits
  • Okra is one of the top purveyors of glutathione, which has anticarcinogenic and several other advantageous properties, and in glutathione content, it falls in the top four among all foods, behind asparagus, avocado and spinach
  • Okra may help to fight symptoms of diabetes due to its ability to lower blood sugar, fight stress and lower fatigue for improved health
  • Okra consumption may benefit diabetics due to several nutrients, including fiber, antioxidants, folate, potassium, calcium and vitamin K
  • Bulk fiber from eating okra has been shown to aid digestion by reducing your hunger cravings and keeping you feeling fuller, which is an important component for controlling diabetes symptoms

By Dr. Mercola

What vegetable looks like a cross between a jalapeno, a mini cucumber and a star fruit, has enjoyed a long Southern tradition and was recently found to provide some really incredible benefits for your health? If your answer was okra, you get a thumbs-up, and if you or someone you care about struggles with their blood sugar, not to mention bouts of hunger that only exacerbates their blood sugar woes, listen up.

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